This dissertation from 1999 examines ideas of place and placelessness in Underworld and other novels by Don DeLillo. It will likely only be of interest to English Literature students at HE level who are exploring 20th century American authors.
*‘I think all my novels have a strong sense of place’, Don DeLillo told Rolling Stone in 1988, ‘I do feel a need and drive to paint a kind of thick surface round my characters’. Few would argue with this - DeLillo’s New York may join Dickens’s London and Joyce’s Dublin as literary tourist routes - but there is something else. DeLillo’s writing captures a phenomenon most noted in the late twentieth century, a product, principally, of vast corporations and globalisation: namely, placelessness. *